traffic safety News

Red-Light Camera Debate Heats Up in New Jersey

Ground zero in the debate over New Jersey’s red light camera program shifted to a crowded, sweaty city hall office in Linden, New Jersey, Monday as the program’s most ardent critic locked horns with a mayor who wants to keep …

Cross-Sector Global Coalition Formed, Aiming to Cut Road Traffic Deaths

Ten major global companies have created “Together for Safer Roads,” a cross-sector coalition focused on improving road safety and reducing deaths and injuries by road traffic collisions around the world. The founding members are: Anheuser-Busch InBev, American International Group, AT&T, …

N.J. Red-Light Cameras Lose Support as Drivers Gripe Over Robotics, Glitches

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is leaning toward eliminating red-light cameras after a five-year test was fraught with glitches and gripes, even as data showed fewer crashes at intersections with the equipment. A pilot program begun in 2009 that snaps …

In NYC, Pedestrian-Cyclist Crash Deaths as Rare as Lawsuits

Jill Tarlov’s death from a collision with a cyclist in Central Park last week was a New York City rarity, as are lawsuits after bikers ram pedestrians. From 1996 to 2005, 11 pedestrians across New York City died after being …

NYC Mayor de Blasio Signs Traffic Safety Legislation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed eleven bills into law Monday that are meant to improve traffic safety and reduce pedestrian fatalities in the nation’s largest city. The measures are among the first steps in de Blasio’s wide-ranging …

NYPD Conducting Citywide Traffic Safety Enforcement Initiative

The NYPD is conducting a citywide traffic safety enforcement initiative over the next three weeks. It started Monday and continues through July 6. Police in New York City will be focusing on speeding, driving while using a cellphone, improper turns, …

New York Gets $75M Federal Funds for Traffic Safety Projects

New York is receiving more than $75 million in federal transportation funds for road safety projects around the state. The money will pay for 33 projects. They include work to widen roads, install turn lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and …

$2.7B Highway Spending Plan Unveiled in Iowa

Iowa’s preliminary five-year highway spending plan includes more than $900 million for state-owned bridges and more than $1.2 billion for enhanced safety features and upgrades on state highways. The Des Moines Register reported the Iowa Transportation Department unveiled the estimated …

Red-Light Cameras: Safety Measure or Money Grab?

The shutters clicked, the grainy photos were sent to the red-light violators and St. Louis raised $4.1 million last year. Now the vehicular version of “Candid Camera” may be ending, as it has in other U.S towns and cities. A …

Red Light Cameras Up for Renewal in Baton Rouge

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is set to decide whether to kill or renew Baton Rouge, La.’s red light camera program, which has been panned by detractors as unevenly enforced but is credited by supporters with reducing dangerous crashes. …